Zocalo Midtown

4.4
1983 Reviews
$30 and under
Regional Mexican
Kid and walk-in friendly, great for groups, and a celebration destination known for its fine Mexican cuisine, happy hour, and craft cocktails—Zocalo has been a staple of the Midtown and Sacramento dining scene for over twelve years. Offered in a beautifully refurbished 1920s automobile dealership decorated with original artwork from Tlaquepaque, Mexico—Zocalo’s warm hospitality, fresh regional Mexican food, private dining, and commitment to customer service are designed to transform the ordinary act of eating into an extraordinary and memorable experience.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks were nice and food was good.
The ordering through the phone works well

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CherieC
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my sisters birthday! We had a wonderful time. Ambiance was beautiful, servers were extremely attentive, our food was delicious and the music was on point.

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JohnS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service a little slow but not bad. Very loud- too loud!

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MaggieM
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved It! Baja Fish Tacos were sublime!
Can't wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The contact-free menu system continues to be tedious. Nobody comes by to check anymore if you need anything during your meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, ambiance, food was delicious!

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Strebla
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service 10/10! We enjoyed our experience!

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georginar
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Good and drinks were great.

Only issue was their billing system. Some items had listed “paid” but on their system it wasn’t showing paid. It made of difficult for us to pay the bill and some orders were added to other people’s bills.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Was initially disappointed about the horrible order by phone method but was relieved to still get assistance from an actual human, it almost felt normal. Taking away human to human interaction especially at a restaurant should never occur. Food was fairly priced and the venue is beautiful as always

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great ambiance! Great way to start the day!

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IsaiasR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service1ambience5

We had to use only the scan code. Waitress never even offered water and did not come around at all. Only the folks to drop off the food.

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JerroldA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Be ready to use your phone for all the menu ordering, it’s easy but you do all of the ordering w help from staff as needed. The phone menu requirement is a pivot to safer public dining. However it takes away from the full service feel. Trying to order at the same time as the rest of your table is a challenge. Enjoy!

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luv2dine
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was very good; food was delicious! The restaurant is loud; please turn down the music.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience3

It was birthday

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent, prices reasonable.

As with anything right now, Covid has put a strain on service. Not my ideal experience to do my own ordering through the phone, but I had known that going in after seeing reviews.

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BillH
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very attentive service from multiple staff members. Food was fast and delicious. The Blackberry Margarites are not to be missed!

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Lafeliz1
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful decor and ambiance. Really enjoyed being there for delicious food and drinks.

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IsaiasR
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Everything was great except for our waitress forgot about our drinks and disappeared for 1 hour we had to reach out to different waiters for help and finally our waitress came again and once again forgot our drinks and We had to ask someone else for help. We later saw her at the bar .!it looks like she was busy celebrating new years.not good, service but great place and environment. Its not usually like that with the service..

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taco Salad was great !

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Joey
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Special lunch for husbands birthday, seated upon arrival with reservation. Disappointed to have to order using phone app, was looking to disconnect from phone. Menu limited due to COVID. Just learned chips and salsa were complimentary, we never received any upon seating, did receive water. Food was delicious. Service limited. Ordered cocktail from bar and Mojito did not taste traditional, something was off. Most likely not to return for indoor experience, will consider curbside in the future.

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JosephD
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and blackberry Margaritas were amazing.

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AlbertoS
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I love the ambiance and food. I just hate the new online ordering it’s WAY too complicated.

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Cheryl
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We love eating at Zocalo Midtown, but this time seemed more like the lunch was an afterthought - pozole was lukewarm and it took us to bring attention to the hostess to request more chips and salsa.

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johno
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience2

Had a reservation, place almost empty, seated next to the kitchen?
Music too loud.
Idiotic computer menu/self-order set up.
Paltry menu/food choices.
Friendly staff had to spend unnecessary time helping us with the self order, ultimately spent more time just taking our order!
bottom line, going out to eat should be a pleasurable experience. we’ve been to Zócalo‘s a few times and it was outstanding. We won’t be back.
we understand that the virus protocols required of our idiotica state governor are the issue, however, the self ordering thing completely nullifies the concept of a pleasant dining experience, and being waited on, rather than waiting on ourselves. In other words what’s the point? We would’ve been just as happy, if not happier going to a Taco Bell drive-through. additionally, we feel bad for the wait staff as it has got to cut down on their tips. We don’t mind tipping to be waited on.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was good, I do not like the ordering through your phone and told the manager I wanted the server to take orders. Why pay to dine out when you are doing everything yourself. Manager working night of 12/27/21 was not helpful. The server for our table was great as were the food runners. The restaurant does have great ambiance I will give it another chance.

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Nina
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Terrible service from our waitress. All other wait staff was very nice. Food was good. Great atmosphere.

Separately, they really need to fix the toilets in the ladies room. They don't flush properly. So even though the bathroom is well appointed and generally clean, it's not very pleasant if you have to go.

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Debbie
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was excellent as was our server. Very limited wine list. Big problem with ordering food & drinks using our phones. Drinks came out after 2 dinners were already served and the remaining dinners came out over the next 20 minutes. it would have been nice to eat at the same time. Tried to order more drinks during dinner but unable to do so on 3 different phones. Need big improvement on using the phone app. This didn't work for our group of 7.

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KateL
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food and drinks are very tasty, somewhat pricey. It's decorated nicely but it is a bit noisy.

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BuckB
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zocalo was delicious! Service was great and attentive.

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GaleS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Beautifully decorated for the holidays. Ordering app was cumbersome and food was cold.

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Billcrest
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Rosa our waitress was so helpful at navigating the QR code and app that I desperately needed help with. A big thank you goes out to Rosa’s customer service

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LISAG
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Absolutely did not like the no menu policy and had to order from your phone. Too confusing too much to do when all I wanted was to be waited on stress-free evening. There was so much confusion that my wonderful waiter took our order by hand.

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MicheleB
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was our first time there and had a great evening. Staff was swamped, but they were amazing and super friendly. Made it a great night with great friends. (Seemed the rest of the restaurant was having fun too)
Will definitely be back! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the beautiful ambience. Took my 9year old and 5year old out on a girls date night to the Ballet. They enjoyed the food as well. Heat lamps available outside and service was fast. The pozole was amazing but a little on the thick side, I prefer mines a little bit “more brothy”.

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Linds
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Crowded with no seats for those waiting—stood for about 1 hour. Food good but delivered at different times.

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AdriannaC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Zocalo is such a vibe. The indoor and outdoor seating areas are beautiful. The menu, ordering and payment are all done at the time through a QR code which is kinda nice. The food is really good and it’s a great price.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It was my first business meal at this restaurant. The food was great and the scenery was elegant and modern. A small critique however. Our waitress did not check in as much. We would have ordered more if she came by more often. This is of course attributed to it being a busy Friday. Completely reasonable. Overall will come again.

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MiguelV
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Tortillas needed to be warm and soft. Service could be better by bringing chips, tortillas quicker so that food does not get cold while waiting

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jillmichellet
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The good: We came for a date night on a Thursday night in December, and it was decorated so well for Christmas and there was even a SANTA CLAUS just hanging out and saying hi to people. All the staff was incredibly friendly. The ambiance is beautiful. The food came quickly, it was easy to order on toasttab, and it's a great menu for vegetarians.

The not so good:
To be honest, the food was just okay. It would be a great place to get lunch but for the ambiance and how expensive it is, the food just falls a little short. I'm not saying it's bad - overall it was great food. Just sort of unimpressive, you know? I got the enchilada with just veggies and mole sauce and my partner got the red enchiladas with pork. I tasted his red sauce - super underwhelming. My mole was decent. The dessert we got, churros and ice cream, was pretty standard. Tasty but just not amazing. My rum cocktail was very tasty. The major thing that irked us so much - this is going to sound silly, but - the food came out WAY TOO FAST. I know, that sounds weird but it just felt really rushed. I was also annoyed at the clientele. People using a big selfie light at the bar to take a photo, kids watching iPads. Just inappropriate for a restaurant in my opinion. Maybe I'm old-fashioned but I'm 31 and that just takes the romance out of a fun night out. It's just not as classy as it looks.

Overall it was great, decidedly 4 stars. Perfect for lunch!

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DianeU
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service for our large party for a retirement celebration was fantastic. We had a great time. Thanks Zocalo!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Zocalo Midtown using the Order Online button. Zocalo Midtown also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 441-0303.

Zocalo Midtown is rated 4.4 stars by 1983 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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